Dalton State basketball coach Tony Ingles says Roadrunner fans will have an opportunity Tuesday night to see the best team to invade the Northwest Georgia Trade and Convention Center thus far.
Southern Wesleyan University (8-4) lost to Dalton State on their Clinton, SC home court. The Warrior's overtime defeat, 97-95, came back in the third game of the season. Another of their losses was an overtime 78-75 contest against NAIA #24 ranked Martin Methodist.
One of SWU's wins was against the only team to defeat the Roadrunners in our inaugural season. Southern defeated Tennessee Wesleyan, 82-76.
"We were very fortunate to beat them in overtime at their place," cautioned Ingle. "I am sure they will be hungry when they come in here."
Cameron Soloman, SWU's sharp shooting guard from Morrow, Ga., was named last week's National Christian College Athletic Association player of the week. Soloman led the Warriors in wins over Voorhees, Bryan, and Tennessee Wesleyan.
"He is an amazing scorer," said Ingle. "We recruited him, but he chose SWU over us."
Soloman leads NAIA Division I in total points scored with 290 and is second in points per game at 24.167. Last week, he averaged 27 points, four rebounds, and three assists per game.
"We have played only one game since December 3rd (at Hiwassee College)," said Ingle."One game in two weeks and we just finished final exams with limited practice time and four days with absolutely no pratice at all so our players could study."
"I'm concerned about not having that competitive drive and sharpness needed to compete with a team that is receiving votes for the NAIA National Rankings," cautioned Ingle. "It is definately the best team to visit the trade center thus far."
"I believe these little Roadrunners will deliver," Ingle added. "We must play great defense and come with hustle plays if we have a chance."
Tip-Off Tuesday will be at 7:00 p.m. The gates will open at 5:30 p.m.
Plenty of College Basketball On The Weekend
Dalton college basketball fans will again receive bonus activity this weekend. There will be two games for the price of one again Friday and Saturday (December 20 and 21).
Cumberland University of Lebonan, TN, ranked #21 in the NAIA national poll, returns to Dalton to play Belhaven University on Friday and Concordia of Alabama on Saturday. The early games will tip-off at 6:00 p.m.
The Roadrunners will play the late game each night, roughly 8:00 p.m. DS will host Concordia Friday night and Belhaven Saturday evening.